Advent

November 30-Advent-Christian

 

Advent is a season in the Christian liturgical year that is observed as a time of expectant waiting for the coming birth of Jesus.

The keeping of an advent wreath is also a common practice in homes or churches. The Advent wreath is made of evergreen boughs, symbolizing everlasting life. The circle represents the continuous love of God, with no beginning and no end, as well as the soul’s immortality. There are three purple candles, one pink candle and a white candle in the middle.

The candles are traditionally lit for each Sunday Service starting on Advent Sunday and continuing through Christmas. Each Sunday, the previous candle is lit first, then the next candle is lit and a passage is read. The candle are lit in the following order: purple, purple, pink, purple, white. The first is called the “Candle of Hope.” It symbolizes faith in God keeping his promises to humanity. The second is called the “Candle of Peace”, lit to prepare one’s heart and mind to receive God. The third candle is the “Candle of Joy.” It recalls the angels joyfully singing about the birth of Christ. The fourth candle, the “Candle of Love,” reminds Christians that God loves them enough to send his only Son to Earth. The “Christ Candle,” the white candle in the center, stands for Jesus Christ himself.

 

For reflection:

I invite you to write a response to each word. The response can be one word or a sentence.

Hope

Peace

Joy

Love

 

Consider lighting a candle this evening and saying your responses out loud.

 

Wishing you Hope, Peace, Joy, Love and many blessings!!

≈Lori

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